Smoking ban in all public housing takes effect nationwide

Friday, 03 Aug, 2018

All that will be changing on July 31 as a new smoke-free policy goes into effect at all federal public housing units by a rule finalized in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Smokers will still be able to rent units but will have to keep lit cigarettes, cigars and pipes at least 25 feet away from public housing and administrative office buildings.

The American Lung Association applauds the new rule issued by the Trump administration, which the health organization says "recognizes the serious health threat posed by secondhand smoke, and its ability to linger in rooms and even travel between homes in multi-unit housing".

The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

A new policy is banning smoking from inside and around public housing throughout the United States, including Ohio. Not to mention, they estimate it will save public housing agencies $153 million in costs related to healthcare and repairs.

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"We applaud HUD for also including waterpipe/hookah tobacco in its smoke-free policy", the group said in a statement.

Work began on the smoking ban in late 2015 when HUD began drafting the rule.

The new rule will affect more than 940,000 public housing units across the country, according to HUD. The statement added, "hookah involves combustion and hookah smoke exposes users to numerous same toxicants found in cigarette smoke". It's a habit for them", she said, "so they can't just stop smoking cigarettes.

The Housing and Urban Development website's guide for local housing authorities includes strict procedures. "I don't see how we're going to push that forward when there's so much other things happening in Brownsville".

The goal is to create healthier homes for residents and employees.